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My Shifting Opinions On K-Drama Last Decade VS. This Decade

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I remembered how I wrote a post where I compared two K-Drama princesses namely Suzy Bae (this decade) and Song Hye Kyo (last decade). I just want to think about how my views on K-Drama may or may have not changed -- plus how long it took me to actually get a liking to it.
I started watching East Asian drama last decade on the early 2000s. I started with Meteor Garden which was from Taiwan -- though it was based on a Japanese Manga and Anime. I took a bit of a break from Japanese entertainment (but not really) to focus on Chinese entertainment. Then there was something REALLY NEW, yes new -- it was Korean Drama. I wasn't too much of a fan of it at first, I really just didn't like sad endings and the very first K-Drama I watched was Autumn in My Heart.

Autumn in My Heart was really what I'd call a waste of tissue of paper. It's just crazy how I watched that TV series just for eye candy than the plot that unfolded. What I did start to enjoy it for was the lack of unneces…

The Plot Thickens For Nanba Enterprises And Evolt?

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It's been some time since I've written a Kamen Rider Build update. I just thought that trying to write a couple of episode reviews for both Super Sentai AND Kamen Rider (or any of the TV series I'm watching here) isn't as easy as I thought. Anyway, I'd like to give a bit of my comment on the latest updates on Evolt after asking the question on who is Evolt?
The latest revelation of Evolt was that he was actually an entity from some unknown planet and that he caused the destruction of Mars. Vernage the Queen of Mars was ready to die to avenge her people. The fight resulted to Evolt's body getting destroyed yet he managed to store his essence inside the Pandora's Box. Somehow, my previous guesses (and maybe others made a similar guess) was that Evolt was part of the Pandora's Box all along! Yes, he did possess Soichi Isorugi's body to unleash the Pandora's Box. Right now, we've got the Pandora's Tower which Vernage reveals has destroyed t…

Chinese Ghost Story (2003) VS. Return Of Condor Heroes (2006)

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It's time for a bit of throwback to how I began a short break from Tokusatsu for other stuff of what was once new school last decade. Time flies so fast as one show is now 15 years old and the other is 12 years old. I think about two actresses who have a rather huge age gap, a different batch yet they were both serving among Chinese drama legendary actresses. I just want to talk about my experience with both shows -- where I can also be rather shallow here.
The first time I got into Wuxia series (or not) was with the 2003 version (or remake) of the Chinese Ghost Story. I don't really want to get familiarized with the version done with the Leslie Cheung due to the generation gap. I was reminded of my paternal grandmother watching Wuxia series. I started watching it though I got somewhat hooked with Dolphin Bay's dysfunctional family drama more. Yet Chinese Ghost Story's action scenery was just too good to pass.
The first Wuxia seriest hat I was somewhat hooked on for bot…

It All Started With Meteor Garden

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It was just last 2003 or something around last decade when I started watching Chinese movies. I admit, I wasn't so much into it. I remembered my paternal grandmother would borrow several betamax tapes and she would return it weekly -- some of them were Wuxia series and some of them were Chiung Yao series. Then it happened -- I saw Meteor Garden. At first, I thought the F4 were Japanese until I saw the Fantasy 4Ever music video called "Can't Lose You" and it was in freaking Mandarin! Yes, it was in freaking Mandarin!
I remembered watching a few episodes of Meteor Garden and I didn't expect to get hooked. I wasn't exactly a fan of Chinese series and I wanted to watch more Japanese. But this was something new and something I originally didn't want to watch -- then it had me hooked. How I regret not taking Mandarin lessons seriously all because I was sort of trying to pursue the American superiority mentality or because Filipino TV dramas (or teleseryes) jus…

Just Who In The World Is Evolt In Kamen Rider Build?

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Well, it's no secret that Kamen Rider Build is well building up on me -- pun intended. So there's much to Soichi Isorugi. First, he turns out to be Stark, he double-crossed Gentoku in more than one occasion and when he's Stark -- he speaks in a different voice. It turns out to be that the actions of who we think is Soichi is not Soichi -- rather it's the mysterious Evolt that's making Soichi do all the bad stuff.

The puzzle is somewhat solved in part -- the Soichi that saved the real Soichi Isorugi/Sento Kiryu years ago was really Soichi. The one who touched the Pandora's Box was not Soichi but the still invisible Evolt. What Evolt's role will be may be what I've speculated is coming true -- there could be that greater evil from the Pandora's Box or Mars. It looks like Evolt and not Chairman Nanba or Nanba Enterprises will be the ultimate enemy of the series.

I just start to feel bad for Soichi once again -- it turns out that he's still struggl…

O2O Romance - When Mary Sue Falls For Gary Stu

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Well it was really some time to adjust to watching some new school Chinese drama considering that most of my new school preferences as of late are on Kamen Rider, Super Sentai (and I'm liking this year's Lupinranger vs. Patranger and last year's Kyuranger was a fun rocket ship ride) or not to mention I've got the K-Drama craze going on. It was a huge adjustment though I ended up watching O2O Romance. Just hearing that it's one of the most watched Chinese TV series made me want to check it out.
Okay, I usually prefer action-based Chinese drama filled with all the super crazy fight scenes while I think watching some love stories can be a change of pace. At first, I just decided to watch two episodes per night to discipline myself. But I ended up trying to speed up the pace -- maybe it's because Mary Sue meets Gary Stu. Such people are a hard find in real life. Xiao Nai is good looking, good in sports and academics. Wei Wei is pretty inside out and she's inte…

What Major Role Will Ryuga Banjo's Alien Origin Play In Kamen Rider Build?

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Sorry for not really updating on Kamen Rider Build episode by episode these days -- especially some new passions have caught into me or that it's actually "easier" if I focus on Super Sentai episode reviews (but that may be gone soon depending on my mood and real life situations) but I thought this was pretty interesting. Just right now, we found out from Sawa that Ryuga is NOT human and this is one bizarre flashback...
So some unknown life form manned the spacecraft and reached for a human woman. She got pregnant for only two months and delivered a healthy baby boy -- that would be Banjou. I think this is really some nightmare fuel. I really thought of a couple of creepy films like Humanoids from the Deep (which really scared me especially with the mutates impregnating human women) or The Blob. This seems to be a tribute to Hollywood films of the weird 80s.

With this in mind, we also discover that Ryuga can somehow influence the Pandora's Box because of his Martian …